USDA: Heat Accelerates Crops in Ukraine, Russia

August 1, 2012 01:08 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:

  • EUROPE: Showers Ease Stress On Southern Corn
    - Showers ease stress on filling corn from Italy into the northern Balkans, while heat continues to reduce corn and sunflower yield prospects in the lower Danube River Valley.
    - A break from persistent wetness promotes small grain and oilseed maturation and harvesting over much of northern Europe, although showers linger in northwestern Germany.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Seasonably Dry, Hot Weather Accelerates Cotton Development
    - Seasonably hot, dry weather accelerates cotton development but maintains high irrigation demands.

  • FSU: Mostly Hot And Dry
    - Generally dry, hot weather accelerates wheat drydown and harvesting in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia, although the heat is untimely for silking corn and reproductive sunflowers.
    - Heat and dryness continue to reduce yield prospects for filling spring wheat in Russia’s Siberia District, while showers prevent additional yield losses in northern Kazakhstan.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Improving Moisture In The West; Still Too Dry In Gujarat
    - Monsoon rains in eastern India maintain adequate soil moisture for rice.
    - Recent rainfall improves moisture conditions for cotton and soybeans in western India, although conditions remain too dry for groundnuts and dryland cotton in Gujarat.

  • EAST ASIA: Hot Weather And Little Rainfall On The North China Plain
    - Spotty showers provide little relief for summer crops on the North China Plain as excessive heat prevails.
    - Widespread, heavy showers maintain abundant soil moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans across northeastern China while improving moisture conditions in eastern Heilongjiang.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Too Dry In Northeastern Thailand
    - Unseasonably dry weather continues to reduce moisture supplies for rice in northeastern Thailand.
    - Tropical Cyclone Soala increases rainfall for corn and rice as it passes by the Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Drying Trend Continues In The West; Favorable Elsewhere
    - In east-central Australia, mostly sunny skies and adequate moisture supplies benefit winter wheat.
    - Widespread showers favor wheat, barley, and canola development in southeastern Australia.
    - Showers in Western Australia are too light and widely scattered to significantly benefit winter crops.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Mostly Dry Weather Continues
    - Cool, dry weather promotes the final stage of the Argentine corn harvest but moisture is becoming limited for winter grain germination.
    - In Brazil, showers benefit southern-most winter grains but drier weather prevails for sugarcane and coffee harvesting.

  • MEXICO: Showers Benefit Crops And Reservoirs
    - Seasonal showers continue across the south and northwest, benefiting corn and other rain-fed summer crops while helping to recharge reservoirs.

  • CANADA: Warmth Advances Prairie Crops; Rain For Ontario
    - Warm, showery weather promotes rapid growth of spring grains and oilseeds.
    - In Ontario, rain brings some needed relief from heat and dryness to corn and soybeans.


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